Playing in front of a packed house including Dr. Dunkenstein - Darrell Griffith, Ballard High School junior point guard Quentin Snider had a career game on Saturday.
The University of Louisville commitment scored a career-high 36 points, had a career-high nine rebounds and also had five assists despite battling some leg cramps to lead Ballard to an 88-86 win over Madison Central in the semifinals of the King of the Bluegrass Holiday Classic at Fairdale.
"They were backing off me and not really guarding me tight, so I couldn't go around them," Snider said. "So, I had to hit some jumpers and get my shot anyway that I could. They're a good team, so it was good for us."
The 6-foot-1 Snider now has 92 points in three games at the prestigious KOB. Ballard will play Nashville, Tenn., Christ Presbyterian in Sunday's 7:30 p.m. championship game of the event.
"We've played well," Snider said. "We just need to keep winning."
The Bruins trailed 43-39 at halftime despite 15 points and eight rebounds from Snider, who had to pick it up because Kelan Martin was in foul trouble.
Snider hit 12 of 18 from the field, including 4 of 8 three-point field goals, and made 8 of 11 free throws. He also had one of his better moves.
With the game tied late, Snider took the ball at the right wing. He drove towards the basket, crossed-over, went between his legs and then spun in the lane and finished at the rim for the go-ahead points.
"When I went between my legs, he was forcing me to one side, so I just spun and that's how I got him," Snider said. "That's my move, the spin move."
Already considered one of the top point guards nationally in the Class of 2014, Snider has put on some weight and is visibly stronger on the floor.
"I feel like my weight lifting has helped me get better," Snider said. "It's paid off a lot for me. I feel like I am faster and strong. I just need to keep doing it."
He's averaging over 20 points a game for the Bruins.